Entries by Deane Zeeman

Pastoral Letter – Worshipping Together

August 27 2017 God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. The commandment we have from him (Jesus) is this, those who love God must love their brothers and sisters. 1 John 4:16b, 21 This fall, we set out on a journey into unchartered territory. To […]

Pentecost 8 ~ The Kingdom of Heaven is like…

July 30 2017 Readings: Genesis 29:15-28 ~ Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 The Jacob and Rachel love story has more in common with a really bad soap opera than with the kingdom of heaven.  Previously on the Jacob saga, Jacob tricks his blind old father, Isaac, into giving him the blessing reserved for his elder brother […]

Pentecost 7 2017

July 23 2017 Readings: Genesis 28: 10-19c ~ Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 If God is real, loving, just and all powerful, why does God allow evil to exist? This is one of the most commonly asked questions about God and the state of the world. Jesus speaks to this question in the parable of the weeds […]

Pentecost 6 ~ Haraambe

Readings: Genesis 25:19-34 ~ Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Rebecca is clearly having a difficult pregnancy as Esau and Jacob struggle together within her womb.  And it is only made worse after the boys are born by parents who play favourites, for we are told that Isaac loves Esau and Rebecca loves Jacob.  It’s the perfect recipe […]

Pentecost 5

 July 9 2017 READINGS: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 ~ Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Several years ago, we ran a program called Painting the Stars.  Primarily a conversation on science and religion, one person referred to God as Persuasive Love ever calling us forward. Sometimes we forget that we are a pilgrim people – forever evolving – […]

Pentecost 4 ~ Wrestling with God

July 2 2017 Readings: Genesis 22:1-14 ~ Matthew 10:40-42   After these things God tested Abraham. No matter how we slice it, today’s story of the near sacrifice of Isaac makes us squirm. We can be forgiven for wondering if Abraham has lost it in his old age and become one of those unstable parents who […]

Pentecost 2 ~ Hospitality

June 18 2017 Readings: Genesis 18:1-15 ~ Matthew 9:35-10:8 Hospitality Abraham sees three strangers approaching his tent in the heat of the day.  He jumps up an invites them to sit a spell under the shade of the tree.  He offers them water to wash their dusty feet and bread to refresh them for their […]